Topic: Portraits

Elio Sorci—Camera Press/Redux
Photo Essay

Why Paparazzi Are Good for Us

While occasionally distasteful, the work of the paparazzi is nevertheless a time-honored and, arguably, an essential part of our moral and ethical development as a society.

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Out There

Kings and Queens of New Orleans: Mardi Gras Portraits by Pops Whitesell

Pops Whitesell’s portraits of flamboyant, elegant Mardi Gras Kings and Queens show us New Orleans in its prime.

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The Winners
Photo Essay

Portraits of the Winners, the Best and Better in Belarus

Wry portraits of the best milkmaids, fitness queens, hunters, potato farmers and other winners of the quirky propagandistic contests organized by one of last remaining dictatorships in Europe.

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In Progress

Romanian Ghosts: The Race to Save a Hauntingly Beautiful Photo Archive

A Romanian WWI photographer’s 5000 unseen glass plate portraits — beautifully surreal and rapidly deteriorating — are entirely in the Public Domain and finally being digitized 30 years after his death.

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Paola Kudacki for TIME
Photo Essay

TIME’s Best Portraits of 2013

In a year when the still image maintained its unparalleled power to inform, to shock and, at times, to delight, TIME’s portraits once again put a human face on many of 2013’s most relevant and gripping stories.

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Laura Pannack for TIME
The Backstory

The World of Boys: Intimate, Emotionally Charged Portraits by Laura Pannack

For this week’s issue, TIME commissioned photographer Laura Pannack, known for her highly nuanced portraits of adolescents, to photograph teenage boys in all their complexity in spite of our culture’s steadfast tendency to often treat them as “emotional illiterates.”

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Hellen Van Meene—Courtesy of the Artist and Yancey Richardson
Out There

Animal Magic: Hellen van Meene Finds a New Path

A new exhibition opening this week in New York features some of the renowned portrait photographer’s first pictures pairing girls with dogs, as well as still-lifes — an instinctual move away from her usual subject matter.

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Martin Schoeller for TIME
The Backstory

Behind the Scenes: Martin Schoeller Shoots (and Eats!) with Three Famous Chefs

When Martin Schoeller was thinking about how he wanted to photograph Alex Atala, René Redzepi, and David Chang, he decided to head for the wilds.

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Enrico Natali
Out There

Defying Expectations: An Alternative (and Peaceful) Look at 1968 Detroit

Today, Detroit is an exotic and extreme place whose grassy fields and acres upon acres of concrete ruins evoke horror and shame even from those who live there, writes Laura Berman of the Detroit News. But what Enrico Natali’s photographs from the late 60s capture is normality: a Detroit that’s neither urban outlier nor crucible of failure.

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David Leventi
Photo Essay

Life and Death in Varanasi: Portraits From the Banks of a Sacred River

When David Leventi arrived in Varanasi, India, to photograph the palaces along the Ganges River as he had documented those along the canals in Venice, Italy, he realized this project would be a significant departure from his expectations.

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